Tomi Adeyemi, the 23 year old Nigerian American, whose first installment of a fantasy novel trilogy titled Children of Blood and Bone, had just been acquired by Fox 2000, is besides herself with joy over the deal that would fetch her a handsome seven figure, in addition to the episodes been made into a movie.
Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group closed the whopping seven figures deal a few weeks ago
In a private communication with Thisage, she simple said: “You can see I have a 3-book deal with a publisher I’m so excited about! Anddddd I have people who want to make the book into a movie!”
“It has been absolutely insane and so exciting and so overwhelming. But it’s also been satisfying because now people will believe me when I say it doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like, how old you are, or where in the world you come from.
“If you write and work hard and keep at it, you will make your dreams come true!
My motto has always been: “Your writing dreams are real. Let’s make them a reality.” So let that sink in. Know it and believe it with all your heart.”
Below is a review by Mike Fleming Jr
“People I trust who’ve read the book called it an epic accomplishment in world building, and it must be: this is one of the biggest YA debut novel publishing deals ever. The novel is unusual in that the fantasy trilogies studios usually buy for big bucks are built around white characters. This one weaves in African culture and characters and mixes it with magic to create an intriguing mythology that is otherworldly but somehow familiar.
“It is being called a Black Lives Matter-inspired fantasy. Here’s a logline I got hold of. The protagonist is Zélie, who at six years old watched the king’s guards hang her mother on a tree outside her home. She never forgot it. In the beginning, every Orïshan was a magi: born with dark skin, stark white hair and the blessing of the god’s magic once they reached adulthood. Yet over time, their population dwindled and they became Orïsha’s minority. Magic became a thing to loathe, dark skin transformed into a thing to hate. Ten years after the raid that killed her mother and took away magic forever, Zélie Adebola has one chance to bring magic back.
“Through a fortuitous encounter with the Princess Amari, Zélie comes into possession of a sacred scroll necessary to restore a connection to the gods and secure magic for another hundred years. This sets the young women on a quest to end the senseless violence and oppression by the lighter-skinned royal class. Danger lurks in this west-African inspired world, where lionnaires and cheetanaires roam, and the beautiful villages built over oceans, out of sand or forged in iron hide a dark underbelly of slavery and corruption. They find themselves pitted against a crown prince bent on wiping out magic for good.”
*Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego. She graduated from Harvard before receiving a fellowship to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. She run a blog in her name for aspiring writers